Chest pain is a symptom, often of a serious medical problem, which is why early diagnosis and treatment are so important. At Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, the expert physicians diagnose and treat the cause of chest pain to reduce your risk of complications. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Chest pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your chest. It could be caused by an illness, disease, or life-threatening problem like a heart attack. Chest pain can appear as sharp or dull pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, or some combination of those.
Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you or a loved one has signs of a heart attack, like:
Seeking treatment for chest pain as soon as you experience it is crucial and can even save your life.
Heart or lung problems and digestive issues, muscle strains, and bone disorders can cause chest pain. Examples include:
Finding the root cause of chest pain is the key to finding a safe, effective treatment.
To figure out what’s causing chest pain, your provider discusses your medical history and symptoms with you. They evaluate your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs, complete a physical exam, and often recommend blood tests, heart function tests, chest X-rays, a CT scan, other imaging procedures, breathing tests, or catheterization.
Your personalized chest pain treatment will depend on what’s causing your chest pain and how severe it is. Your provider could recommend that you take prescription medicine, undergo surgery, or make healthy lifestyle changes. These changes include getting more exercise, eating healthy foods, and maintaining an ideal body weight.
Your Internal Medicine Practices provider can refer you to a specialist if needed for complex medical problems. They follow up with you to ensure that your treatment is effective and that you’re recovering well.
Contact Internal Medicine Practices at the first sign of chest pain. Call the nearest office or book your appointment online today.